No FIR filed against Australian cricketer for allegedly hurting feelings of 1.4 billion Indian cricket lovers

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been requested by an activist to ban Marsh from playing any game in the country.

No FIR has been filed against Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh for keeping his feet on the World Cup trophy.

Earlier, it was reported in the Indian media that an FIR had been registered against Marsh in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, alleging that his actions hurt the sentiments of Indians.

The Australian cricket team won the World Cup for the sixth time after defeating India by six wickets on 19th November.

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After the event, in a photograph shared on Instagram by Australian skipper Pat Cummins, Marsh could be seen with both his legs resting on top of the trophy as he showed off his gold medal.

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Image: Marsh seen sitting on a sofa resting his feet on the World Cup trophy (Source: Instagram – patcummins30)

According to OpIndia, this FIR has been filed by an activist identified as Pandit Keshav.

It was reported that the activist alleged that Marsh’s actions of positioning his legs on the World Cup trophy had deeply offended the sentiments of Indian cricket team fans.

Indian cricket lovers termed it as “disrespectful” and Mitchell Marsh received harsh criticism online.

Even team India pacer Mohammed Shami slammed Marsh and added he was hurt to see the Australian cricketer with his feet on the World Cup.

It was also reported by OpIndia that Pandit Keshav has forwarded a copy of the FIR complaint to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to ban the Australian player from playing cricket in India.

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Several media organisations published this report about an FIR being filed against Marsh. 

However, Aligarh Police said via social media that they had neither filed an FIR nor taken cognisance of any complaint about Australian cricketer Marsh.

The Quint contacted the complainant, who confirmed to them that he had only filed a complaint in Hindi – not an FIR – against Marsh and also sent letters to the Prime Minister and the Sports Ministry.

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Image: Copy of Complaint (Source: Accessed by The Quint)

The complainant added that he would “wait for them [the police] to proceed” and would move the court if they did not.

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